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The social responsibility of South African trade unions : a labour law perspective

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dc.contributor.advisor Dekker, A. H. Manamela, Makwena Ernest 2016-04-04T06:41:55Z 2016-04-04T06:41:55Z 2015-06
dc.identifier.citation Manamela, Makwena Ernest (2015) The social responsibility of South African trade unions : a labour law perspective, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract Trade unions have been in existence for many years. Although their introduction was generally met with resistance, since their establishment trade unions have been important agents of social change worldwide. Over the years, trade unions have been involved in politics and other societal activities. In South Africa, trade unions for many years not only fought for worker’s rights within the workplace but also beyond the workplace. Trade unions started as friendly societies aimed at assisting their members with various matters, including offering financial help for education purposes and also in cases of illnesses. Although the main purpose of trade unions is to regulate relations between employees and their employers, trade unions perform other functions in society which can be broadly referred to as their social responsibility role. Unlike corporate social responsibility, which is recognised and formalised, trade union social responsibility is not, with the role and importance of social responsibility for trade unions having been largely ignored. This thesis aims at changing this by investigating their core responsibilities and their social responsibilities and subsequently making recommendations on how trade unions could recognise and accommodate their social responsibilities in their activities. It also considers factors that could assist trade unions in fulfilling their social responsibilities. Trade unions generally obtain legislative support for their core responsibilities, but not their social responsibilities; however this should not obstruct trade unions in such endeavours. As modern organisations it is high time that trade unions make a contribution towards sustainable development through their social responsibility role. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xv, 296 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Trade union en
dc.subject Freedom of association en
dc.subject Social responsibility en
dc.subject Social movement en
dc.subject Collective bargaining en
dc.subject Core responsibilities en
dc.subject Industrial action en
dc.subject Job regulation en
dc.subject Job security en
dc.subject Principal function of trade unions en
dc.subject Social protection en
dc.subject Economy en
dc.subject HIV/AIDS en
dc.subject Poverty alleviation en
dc.subject Job creation en
dc.subject Environment en
dc.subject Politics en
dc.subject Education and training en
dc.subject Financial and legal assistance en
dc.subject.ddc 344.188068
dc.subject.lcsh Labor unions -- Political activity -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Labor unions -- Social aspects -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Labor unions and education -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Open and closed shop -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Labor laws and legislation -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Work environment -- Social aspects -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Employees -- South Africa -- Social conditions en
dc.title The social responsibility of South African trade unions : a labour law perspective en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Private Law en LLD

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